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About Jared J.

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Burbank, CA
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About Jared
I am overjoyed and grateful to say I have been playing music for more than half of my life. It has never stopped being the light in my day and now it is my hope to shed some of that light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.

I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned more about how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music the
ory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.

I have been teaching music for over 7 years and have had the privilege of teaching children as young as 4 to adults in their late 80's. I am a very attentive teacher who can not only help get you moving in the right direction but keep you on that path until your are a self-sufficient musician. A level of musicianship that simply means you can learn whatever you want on your instrument on your own, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement.

Through my own student career in private lessons I had the chance to study with graduates of the Musician's Institute (MI), the California Institute of the Arts (CAL Arts) and Berklee College of Music. This has provided me with an inside look into how and what each institute teaches, as well as a first hand look at the techniques and ideas that the great players from these remarkable schools have come to produce.

My formal music education consists of 2 years at Pasadena City College where I obtained my general Associates Degree (much of the studies included music) and a semester at California State University Long Beach as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Additionally, I completed a great deal of California State University Long Beach's teaching credential program (focusing on the teaching of history/social studies), where I learned strategies and theories of how and what to teach my students - making me that much more knowledgable of my craft. At Pasadena City College I studied with jazz/classical guitarist, Ron Berman, who has played with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis and Jimmy Wyble. At Cal State Long Beach I studied with jazz guitarist Ron Eschete, a former teacher at MI who has toured with the likes of Ray Brown, John Dizzy Gillespie and Jim Hall.

Most importantly I hope to show you or your child a new way to love and appreciate music. And to provide you with the ability and know-how to have the most fun on your instrument as possible.

*** Lesson Details ***
Throughout my lessons, I always encourage basic skills including scales, sight-reading and technical exercises. But what I hope to give all my students is a basic understanding of music and their instrument, providing them with a practical ability to navigate the vast world of music for a lifetime.

Beyond these skills, I always have songs, styles and theory for you to work on but I am often more interested in what you as an individual want to learn on your instrument. Getting to learn concepts that you have chosen yourself will help encourage practice and will make the finished product all the more the rewarding.

I can custom tailor a teaching curriculum and/or style for any of my students: we can focus on learning songs, learning to read, how to write music, how music works, and even how to play specific styles of music (including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, flamenco, classical, country and blues). I also self tailor my own worksheets and set weekly goals with my students to help encourage practice, understanding and progress. For students interested in more advanced concepts, I can also teach ear training, music theory, advanced jazz improvisation as well as advanced playing techniques.

All this in a friendly and easy-going teaching environment.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Located in my home garage, it is equipped with a small stage, an upright piano, an electric keyboard, a PA system, amplifiers, a drum set, a lap steel guitar, a pedal steel guitar, 2 cellos, multiple guitars, 3 mandolins, a dobro, a 5-string banjo, a 4-string tenor banjo, 2 ukuleles, 2 accordions and 2 electric basses.

*** Specialties ***
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Metal, Funk, Progressive Rock, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Various forms of Latin Music, Blues, and a few others.

Instruments Beginner to Advanced: Drums, Accordion, Piano, Guitar, Mandolin, Cello, Banjo (5 String), Irish Tenor Banjo (4 String GDAE), Tenor Banjo (4 String CGDA), Electric Bass, Ukulele, Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar (6 String C6 Tuning), Slide Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar (10 String E9 Tuning).

I also teach the Beginning and Advanced concepts of:
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, and Song Writing.
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Hilda U. February 8, 2019
· Piano · Online
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Marvin C. February 5, 2019
· Banjo · Online
I've had three banjo teachers over the past two and a half years. Judging by Jared's performance today, he's the best of the lot. The first banjo teacher expected too much too soon, and the second one started me out with the basics, as if I had never picked up a banjo before. Jared is starting our lessons at the right stage for where I am. He's patient and explains things well. If I had started with him two and a half years ago, I'd be a decent banjo player by now. Thanks, Jared!!!!!
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Hilda U. August 2, 2018
· Piano · Online
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About Daniel E.

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Jersey City, NJ

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- I have a record of success with students of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and goals
- I teach using a variety of methods and styles, including my own authored books
- I own a music academy where I train others to be successful instructors
- I have a very high student retention rate
- I've been playing over 25 years
- I have a BA in Music from Florida State University
- I have been teaching for 17 years
- I have personally taught over 15,000 private lessons
- I have played in numerous bands
- I have gigged professionally

*** Lesson Details ***
I customize the lessons to the goals of each student. Whether it's for fun and leisure or a driven passion with serious goals, I can give you the tools to accomplish what you want! I love teaching people through the music that they love. So, whether that's Britney Spears, Metallic
a, or Bach, the concepts underlying music are basically the same. I will make sure you can play the music you love and hopefully help you explore new music as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio I have a Guild Classical, Alvarez Acoustic, and Epiphone Electric.

All the accessories needed as well. Music Stands, Foot Stools, Picks, Straps, Slides, Tuners, Books, etc.

I also use an iMac in lessons. I like incorporating technology when appropriate, to look up tunes, or do a recording session, it's a necessary tool to learn nowadays.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring everything we need to conduct a proper lesson remotely. I do recommend you have your own guitar though.

*** Specialties ***
For all the advanced knowledge I have and years of teaching students of all kinds, my favorite is teaching beginners. I love seeing someone come in with no knowledge of music, and taking them from milestone to milestone. I love watching new musicians blossom.

I play, teach, and perform most frequently in classical, rock, blues, and pop genres.
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Alexia May 18, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
Daniel is a fun and easygoing instructor who tailors to your needs, adapting to your musical interests as well as your preferred lesson style. And it is clear that he has years of teaching experience under his belt. He has also helped me improve my music theory understanding, which has become rusty over the years. I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor.
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Rosalyn M. May 10, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
Dan is an amazing teacher. I am early in my lessons with him but I am sure he will take me where I need to be as a player. He is patient and encouraging. I look forward to meeting with him and representing him the best way I can by becoming a fine Uke player under his tutelage . I highly and profoundly recommend him as a teacher.
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Rasheena March 17, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Daniel is a very good instructor. Very patient and easy going. I am progressing at a nice and steady pace and always excited for my next lesson
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Daniel E.

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About Souaad N.

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El Paso, TX

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About Souaad
**IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT, PLEASE READ**

***I will be having a baby, and taking a Maternity Leave from August to September. I will teach as far into July as possible- health permitting. I will resume my normal teaching schedule in late September/early October. Thank you for your understanding!**

*Se habla Español! Mándeme un mensaje si tiene preguntas :) *

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Hello there, curious musician to be!

Over the past few years I've developed the most beautiful relationships with my students, and their families. I've helped complete beginners gain enough skills, and confidence to perform in recitals in front of over 50 guests! If you're interested in performing, I host 2 recitals a year, and they're a huge hit!

Many of my students have auditioned, and been accepted into theater companies, orchestras, and choirs. Whether y
ou are just starting out, or are looking to improve on your skills, this is the studio for you.

I started playing violin when I was 10 and have performed with several Honors Orchestras, mariachis, as well as professional groups. My Junior and Senior year of high school I was honored to be Concertmaster.

I began my classical vocal training at San Diego State University in Spring of 2012. I was trained as a Soprano and an Alto because of my coachability, and musicianship. Since then I have worked with several talented and dynamic directors throughout my training experience. I have attended the annual San Diego Summer Choral Festival, as well as the Conducting Workshop, which consisted of an intensive choral training weekend followed by performances. I am also part of a professional choir in San Diego called Pro Arte Voices. I continue to work on myself so that I can always give my best to my students, and teach them something new. I look forward to making music with you, or your little one soon :)

-Souaad N.
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Sandra January 16, 2019
· Piano · In home
Love love love.
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Cynthia S. November 29, 2018
· Singing · Online
We have had a wonderful experience with Souaad - both when she lived in San Diego and once we started doing lessons online. My daughter started with her at age 10 and is now 13 and loving her vocal experiences. We initially started with Souaad in preparation for an audition for a musical but have continued with more lessons and ongoing training both vocally and with music theory.
Her experiences with Souaad has encouraged her to audition for many plays (and she's gotten the roles!) and join the school choire. Souaad is very professional to work with as a parent and also very engaging for my daughter. Right now they are working together for a recital and will be performing a duet together. She's very flexible with schedules too. Couldn't be happier!
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Deborah S. November 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
She is very kind with the children and patient
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Souaad N.

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About Kevin M.

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Davenport, FL

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Hello! My name is Kevin, and I am looking forward to teaching you everything I know about music! I've been singing at Walt Disney World for over 23 years (and I still am currently) with the Voices of Liberty, the Dapper Dans of Main Street, and Four For A Dollar. I have a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Penn State University. Even more than singing, playing the guitar, arranging for a cappella, and playing piano, I love to teach! Ever since I was a sophomore in high school, I've wanted to be a teacher of music in various capacities. My favorite aspect of teaching several private students each week is that every individual student has a different story: What is it that you want to accomplish? Would you like to sing, play piano, or play guitar? Would you like training in music theory? Do you want to eventually have a career in m
usic? Will this be a hobby for you? Whatever your goals are, I am excited to know your story.
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Deanna May 31, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Kevin really took the time to make sure my daughter understood and made the lesson fun. She was already excited about learning but she was nervous. After just her 1st lesson she is so excited and has confidence in herself that she didn't really have earlier. She can't wait to practice and so him her improvement by the next lesson.
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Ana V. March 8, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Kevin is great very professional and patient, I really recommend him , my daughter enjoyed every class..
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Tatiana A. January 10, 2019
· Piano · In home
The Class was excellent. The method that Mr Kevin use to teach is easy . My daughter is happy
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Kevin M.

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About Amy R.

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Scottsbluff, NE

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About Amy
Hello, my name is Amy and I am very excited to be teaching out of my studio, Double A music. I took 12 years of private music lessons on various instruments. I have taught for about 9 years, and have an associates degree in teaching from Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I am also certified to teach Piyo. I have been attending Piyo classes for over a year and have been teaching since September 2018.

I enjoy helping students succeed in many areas of music, such as school orchestra, performing solo, accompaniment, improvisation, and more. I understand each student's needs will vary and provide a variety of methods and supplement materials for this purpose. As a Piyo instructor I will help you individualize your lesson to meet your fitness goals.

When you sign up with me you will be greeted with a welcome email. I wil
l ask you a couple questions to help us both prepare for your first lesson. I will also send you a copy of my lesson policy. I look forward to meeting you!

***Please Note!!! I do not teach every other week music lessons! I strongly feel the student needs their weekly time with me to stay focused and motivated. If you sign up and select every other week I will deny your request. Thank you!***
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Sarah P. May 13, 2019
· Violin · Online
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Sarah P. April 29, 2019
· Violin · Online
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Sarah P. April 22, 2019
· Violin · Online
awesome
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About Elizabeth H.

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Winterset, IA
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I teach piano, flute, organ, and piccolo. I have 35 years experience in making music, as well as five teaching private music lessons to students of all ages and experience levels.
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Elizabeth H.

Winterset, IA 50273
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About Aziza P.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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About Aziza
My name is Aziza P. and I am a classically trained mezzo soprano singer from the Grand Rapids, MI area. I have been studying voice for over 18 years and teaching for 5 years. I am a Voice Instructor and Talent Coach!
I was your classic underdog who rose to the top by competing for grants in college for voice, performing in honors recitals, and I have toured the country as a singer. Now, I am teaching what I learned to my students.
I have studied with opera sensation Nicholas Loren (has performed at the Metropolitan Opera), Dr. Stephen Barton (head of GRCC music department), Bill Bokhout (Opera Grand Rapids), Diane Koperski (GRCC voice program), Mary Zimmer (international performer and teacher; vocalist of White Empress), Melissa Ferlaak (international performer and teacher), Pamela Moore (Queensryche), and many more. I know the funda
mentals of breath support, technique, and can teach many different styles. i am here to help you become the singer you dream of becoming. I also have an extensive theater and film background on top of being a former casting director's assistant. Therefore, I can also help you become not only a good singer but a good performer and educate you on the business.
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Aziza P.

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About PJ G.

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Clive, IA

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Hello! My name is PJ. I was born and raised in Central Florida, and I’ve spent the last 3 years in Central Iowa with my partner Libby, and our lovely and talented 4 year old daughter, Janie Rose.

I have been a professional musician for almost 20 years, four of which I spent playing trumpet, guitar, bass, and singing in the US Marine Corp Band. For the last decade, I have made my living as a multi-instrumentalist and singer, entertaining thousands on stages across the country and around the world. Currently, I am the Entertainment Director at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar in West Des Moines. Libby and I also have a private entertainment company called Epic Event Entertainment that provides live music for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, etc.

Each lesson plan is customized to cater to each student’s individual needs and goals. Howe
ver some concepts apply to all students. Beginners will develop a solid foundation in basic musical concepts, including, but not limited to, how to read music, the circle of fifths, scales, chords, articulation, posture and breathing. Intermediate students will learn and employ advanced music theory concepts, modes, better sight reading, and improvisation.
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Stacey February 19, 2019
· Guitar · In home
My daughter said that PJ made her lesson fun and can’t wait for next week!
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About Brenda L.

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Cape May Court House, NJ
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About Brenda
I love teaching cello! I’ve spent 30+ years of my life doing it and I think I’m good at what I do. :) One of the best parts of teaching is connecting you with your dreams. I’m open to teaching music you’ll enjoy playing and I love talking about cello and my love of classical music. I’m happy to help you find music you can play at your level and will love playing.

Many of my students find they really enjoy taking lessons with me because I speak their language—I understand their love of different types of music, I hear their frustrations and can help them solve their problems, and I’m happy to spend a few minutes in a lesson “nerding out” about whatever exciting cello-thing came across their radar this week.

I have a reputation for students with solid technique who have learned how to solve problems and play in tune, in rhythm, with
good sound and musical understanding. Let me help you do so!

Education:
DMA in cello performance from the University of South Carolina
MM in cello performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University
BA in music history, also from NIU

I’ve taught cello at Clemson University, North Greenville University, Anderson University, and the University of South Carolina, as well as in my private studio.

(FYI: Until recently, I was a licensed foster parent. I promise my background has been checked in every way possible!)
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Jennifer April 6, 2019
· Cello · In studio
Wonderful teacher! She was the first private instructor to really understand the way my son learns, and taught him appropriately. He made so much progress under her tutelage. We highly recommend her!
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Ruth Ann February 23, 2019
· Cello · Online
First lesson went great. Brenda started me with the basics and was very patient. Answered all my questions. I feel that I will be off to a good start with Brenda guiding me. PS I’m 53 years old, brand new to cello. I’ve always dreamed of playing.
I used to play French Horn 40 years ago. Bass clef is all new to me.
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Pasquale January 27, 2019
· Cello · In studio
I originally learned how to play the cello on my own in my school's orchestra. When I went to college and decided to bring my cello with me, I knew it was time to take proper lessons like everyone else. Brenda was able to help me iron out all of the bad habits I had developed over seven years of playing cello with no formal corrections. She clearly cared about me and my interests as a student. I can confidently say Brenda equipped me with the tools, techniques, and attitude I needed to play the cello for the rest of my life.
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About Carter B.

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Johnstown, CO

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I have been working on perfecting my violin playing for seven years and I dont intend to do anything else for a very long time! I hope to provide my students with the motivation to succeed in not only violin but everything they do all while helping them enjoy what they're playing and learning.
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